SLS Georgia

After the remarkable success of our flagship program in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2017 and 2018, we will be returning in an expanded format in 2019, from July 14–28. It is a unique place. The immensely rich literary tradition and culture of Georgia have inspired countless international poets and writers, including Alexandre Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Osip Mandelstam, Boris Pasternak, and Marina Tsvetaeva.


Tbilisi is a strikingly beautiful city, both ancient and modern, situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia — the heart of Georgia. Named one of the best places to travel in 2017 by Vogue magazine and the “Lisbon of 2018” by CNN, the city has emerged as a premier destination for arts, culture, and gastronomy in the past few years.
Georgia boasts unspoiled natural beauty, from the beaches of the black Sea to the heights of the Caucasus Mountains. Infinitely multifaceted, it is the mythological land of  Jason and the Golden Fleece, the world’s first cultivated vineyards and winemaking, and the whimsical art of Niko Pirosmani. It is entirely impossible to capture its beauty and the sheer scope of its history and culture in just a few sentences.

Continuing in long-established SLS tradition, our 2019 Georgia program will seek to foster cultural exchange and lifelong friendships and artistic collaborations. Participants will work closely with Georgian and international writers and artists. Our home base in Tbilisi once again will be the Writer’s House of Georgia — a magnificent breathtaking Art Nouveau mansion and vital cultural centre.

The 2019 program will feature:

  • intensive workshops led by SLS instructors
  • One-on-one consultations with writers and editors-in-residence
  • talks about local literary culture, history and arts from leading Georgia experts in the field
  • readings by our faculty, participants, program guests and leading Georgian writers
  • visits to city’s and country’s cultural centers
  • winemaking tours
  • day trips , e.g. the caucus to various locations outside Tbilisi: the Caucasus Mountains, ancient mountaintop Kazbegi monastery in Stepantsminda, the cave city of Uplistsikhe, and others.


For the intensive, wide-ranging workshops and seminars, talks and lecture series, our faculty includes such luminaries as:

Ru Freeman, Steven Heighton, Phillip Lopate, Geoffrey Nutter, Dawn Raffel, Ariana Reines, Stuart Ross, plus

Polina Barskova, Elaine Chukan Brown, Tara Isabella Burton, Kevin Sessums, Alexander Skidan, plus

Davit A. Gabunia, Shota Iatashavili, Sergey Gandlevsky, Linor Goralik, Zurab Karumidze,  and many others TBA

Full faculty biographies are available here.

This amazing city and unrepeatable country — hospitable, beautiful, steeped in history and culture ancient and modern — have an inestimable amount of inspiration to offer writers. We never stop dreaming of Georgia.

Come write with us there. Be the writer you are.

Cost: $1950 USD

Dates: July 14–28

To apply to SLS Georgia, click here.

For further logistical and payment information, please visit the Information for Participants page.

For financial awards, please see our Fiction and Poetry Contest.

We look forward to seeing you there!